Thursday, December 07, 2006

"Monolithic" pop culture references #26

Ever searching for news about Rapa Nui, this blog's administrator comes across many references to Rapa Nui and its famous moai. Often, these references are quite comical and have nothing to do with the island or the culture of Rapa Nui. Other times, they appear to be speculative, based more on misconceptions than reality, or downright bizarre. Here are some of the more recent references:

But my first success as a verbal cartoonist was more incisive, when in the early 1970s I discovered that Easter Island was covered in Malcolm Frasers.

Guardian Unlimited:
Labour will spend £25bn on a political talisman, a totem pole they all know has little intrinsic worth. But it needs no practical use because it is an icon of self-belief, a symbol of high cultural value in the politics of these islands. Think of Easter Island and the history of its destruction, recounted by Jared Diamond in his book Collapse.

He's not sure where he wants to go yet, perhaps skiing in South America and then to Easter Island or the Galapagos. But one thing is already decided. The Hancocks will travel bespoke.

Orlando Sentinel:
There's also the failed Easter Island enviro-parable Rapa Nui, which Kevin Costner's pal Kevin Reynolds made and nobody saw. NOBODY. A real career-killer for Reynolds, Esai Morales and Jason Scott Lee.

Some asked him to consider stepping down. The visits and calls continued last week. "But he was like an Easter Island statue. Stone deaf," says an insider.

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